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June 13, 2014

The Full Strawberry Moon: June 13, 2014 + Tonight’s Super Moon won’t happen for another 35 years

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Full Moon

Full Moon

Almanac.Com’s Full Moon video for June, 2014
Featuring Amy Nieskens
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June 8, 2014

California Chrome denied: Tonalist wins Belmont Stakes

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Tonalist

Tonalist

Neither Tonalist nor Commissioner ran in the Derby or Preakness. Medal Count, the third-place finisher, didn’t run in the Preakness.

California Chrome appeared sluggish and finished in a dead heat for fourth with Wicked Strong in his bid to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. In the 135 years the grueling series of races for 3-year-old thoroughbreds have all been contested, only 11 horses have won all three. read more…

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June 7, 2014

Belmont Stakes Notes - June 6

Filed under: Miscellaneous — William @ 11:58 am
Belmont Stakes

Belmont Stakes

Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome had his final gallop around the Belmont Park oval Friday morning, traveling two miles under exercise rider Willie Delgado after schooling in the paddock around 6 a.m. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will jog tomorrow morning at 5:30 a.m., a little more than 13 hours in advance of his bid to break a 36-year Triple Crown drought in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes. (more…)

May 26, 2014

Build a Boma

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First posted May 21, 2014

Build a Boma

Build a Boma

From National Geographic’s Build a Boma campaign

In East Africa, livestock is the livelihood of many communities. When lions and other big cats kill livestock, people often kill the cats in retaliation—and the problem is growing worse. There are just over 30,000 lions left in the wild. The best way to prevent any more of these big cats from being killed is to prevent the conflict. And that’s where you come in. (more…)

Memorial Day 2014

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Memorial Day 2014

Memorial Day 2014

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May 18, 2014

Derby Winner Continues Quest to Become 12th Triple Crown Champion

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Racing Cat

Racing Cat

From Preakness.Com

BALTIMORE, 05-17-14 –California Chrome continued on his quest for a Triple Crown sweep Saturday at Pimlico Race Course, scoring a dominating victory in the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (G1) to the enthusiastic approval of a record crowd of 123,469. (more…)

May 17, 2014

A quick look at Saturday’s Preakness Stakes

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Audra Harris models her hat on Preakness Day

Audra Harris models her hat on Preakness Day

A quick look at Saturday’s Preakness Stakes (more…)

May 3, 2014

CALIFORNIA CHROME! California dreamer powers down the stretch to win the 140th Kentucky Derby

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California Chrome

California Chrome

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C.Boné Metal Arts

May 1, 2014

Kentucky Derby 2014: California Chrome Owns Favorite’s Role at 5-2 for 140th Kentucky Derby

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AmericasBestRacing.Com: CaliChrome

America'sBestRacing.Com: CaliChrome

From the Kentucky Derby’s official website:

California Chrome Owns Favorite’s Role at 5-2 for 140th Kentucky Derby
Steven Coburn and Perry Martin’s California Chrome, winner of four consecutive races by a combined 24 ¼ lengths, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s 140th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by at Churchill Downs read more…

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April 14, 2014

First Total Lunar Eclipse of 2014: The Complete Skywatcher’s Guide

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Blood Moon

Blood Moon

First Total Lunar Eclipse of 2014: The Complete Skywatcher’s Guide
By Joe Rao, Space.com Skywatching Columnist | April 14, 2014 06:00am ET

Editor’s update for 2 pm ET: For the latest weather forecast for tonight’s total lunar eclipse, read: Total Lunar Eclipse Weather: Forecast Bleak for Eastern US

No enthusiastic skywatcher misses a total eclipse of the moon, and if weather permits tonight, neither should you.

The spectacle is often more beautiful and interesting than one would think. During the time that the moon is entering into and later emerging from out of the Earth’s shadow, secondary phenomena may be overlooked. You can also watch the eclipse live on Space.com, courtesy of NASA, the Slooh community telescope and the Virtual Telescope Project.

Observers that know what to look for have a better chance of seeing the stunning eclipse, weather permitting. This first total lunar eclipse of 2014 is set to begin tonight (April 14) into the wee hours of Tuesday morning (April 15). The lunar eclipse is set to begin at about 2 a.m. EDT (0600 GMT), and it should last about 3.5 hours. The eclipse should be visible, weather permitting, through most of North America and part of South America. Read more…
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From The Old Farmer’s Almanac

April’s Full Moon, Full Pink Moon, heralds the appearance of the moss pink, or wild ground phlox—one of the first spring flowers. It is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon.

This Full Pink Moon rises on April 15. This year, the 15th brings a total eclipse of the Moon—which will be fully visible from North America.

Farmer’s Almanac’s Full Moon Video featuring, Amy Nieskens
“Each month, we will explain the traditional names of the full Moon along with some fascinating Moon facts. In this video, learn about April’s Full Pink Moon. Click below to watch video.”

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